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Tuesday 13th September 2022

Welcome to the Accelerating Investment & Innovation Summit

As part of our work to grow the region’s investment ecosystem, we have partnered with the British Business Bank to deliver the Accelerating Investment and Innovation Summit for the third year running.

Is 'levelling-up' enough to drive early-stage investment in North East businesses?

This is the key question we’ll be asking at this year’s Accelerating Investment & Innovation Summit, the only regional conversation that brings together policy makers with investors and businesses to tackle the investment gap.

Our Summit is a high-profile investment conference aimed at anyone with an interest in the innovation funding landscape, and will bring together policy makers, investors, corporates and SMEs. 

Join us to be part of the debate!


Meet the 2022 speakers

Jenny Tooth


Dean Cook

Director of Place and Levelling up, Innovate UK

Judith Hartley

CEO, British Business Bank's subsidiaries

Jill Pay

Chairman, The Gender Index

Julia Groves

MD of Sustainability, British Business Bank

Helen Golightly OBE

Chief Executive Officer, North East Local Enterprise Partnership

David Lynch

Energy Partnership Manager, North East Energy Catalyst

Henry Whorwood

Head of Research and Consultancy, Beauhurst

Tim Hammond

Director of Commercialisation & Economic Development, Durham University

Henri Murison

Director, Northern Powerhouse Partnership

Alex Buchan

Investment Director, Northstar Ventures

Michael Parkinson, Co-owner, Bamburgh Capital Limited

On a mission to boost investment in innovation for the North East!

Last year’s event focused on building connectivity between the region’s innovative businesses and investment community. Our ‘Inky-Thinker’ documented the day and pulled out the key discussion points, which we’ve been working on together with the investment community since.

Read more


2022 Agenda

Our agenda is shaping up for this year’s Summit, take a look at what we have planned.

Book your place

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